After the bailout of gangsters on Wall Street, the time has come for Americans in both parties to reach across the aisle to shake up what may now be known as the Complicit Party, which has both its Democrat and GOP flavors, and which has treasonously given the inheritance of American children to cover the losses of Chinese and British investment companies. As well, the opportunity has come for the formation of a Patriot Coalition which draws from the best of both parties, and would include both liberals and conservatives such as Dana Rohrabacher, Duncan Hunter, Dennis Kucinich, and Ron Paul. What unites patriots today is far stronger than what has divided them.
With conservatives such as John Lillpop penning articles entitled "Mr. President, Your Helicopter is Waiting" and with Americans in mobilized fury over the Wall Street Bailout, the atmosphere has never been better for Americans to act in unison to restore the Constitution, to clip the wings of those complicit in many forms of treason, to break the power of the Wall Street robber barons who buy congressmen like so many prostitutes, and to curb the back-door union-busting of illegal immigration.
Now high on the list of actions to be forced by We the People is the impeachment of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, for complicity in international war crimes. The Constitution allows for the impeachment of "The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States." Pelosi's high position as Speaker of the House obliged her, more than others, to begin investigations on the torture of men who were later deemed innocent, when she was briefed on it by the Bush administration. The impeachment of Senator William Blount in 1798 shows that "all civil officers" includes congressmembers and senators.
The impeachment trial of Senator Blount was on December 17, 1798. The impeachment of Bill Clinton was on December 16th. Christmas time seems to be impeachment time in this country.
For the country to have a clean sweep, it's time to own up to the role Pelosi had in abiding the torture of prisoners who were so innocent they were released.
Army Maj. General Antonio Taguba (Ret.) writes:
"There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."
Gen. Taguba is referencing the report "Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by US Personnel and Its Impact." According to ABC News, the report: "details medical evaluations of 11 former detainees held by the US military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. None were ever charged with any crime; all have since been released."
Spencer Ackerman of The New Republic wrote in "Pelosi: I Knew Very Very Little About Waterboarding Detainees" of how Pelosi had been briefed about torture" and said nothing. Pelosi implied that Rep. Jane Harman, who succeeded Pelosi in the House Intelligence Committee, and with whom her enmity is well-known, certainly knew more about the dastardly deeds than she:
"On one occasion, in the fall of 2002, I was briefed on interrogation techniques the Administration was considering using in the future. The Administration advised that legal counsel for the both the CIA and the Department of Justice had concluded that the techniques were legal.
"I had no further briefings on the techniques. Several months later, my successor as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Jane Harman, was briefed more extensively and advised the techniques had in fact been employed. It was my understanding at that time that Congresswoman Harman filed a letter in early 2003 to the CIA to protest the use of such techniques, a protest with which I concurred."
Rep. Pelosi was obliged to do much more than "concur," after the fact and off-the-record, with a protest of illegal behavior. She was obliged to investigate.
Brecher and Smith at Alternet.org opine:
"If so, it would answer one of the great mysteries of 2007. The Democrats, once in control of Congress, had the courage to pursue cutoff of funds for the Iraq war, even though the Bush administration was happy to take advantage of their effort by characterizing it as failure to support the troops. The obvious companion strategy would have been to conduct intensive investigations to show that the entire Bush project has been to subvert law and Constitutional government in the interests of aggrandizing power nationally and internationally.
"But Congressional Democrats have systematically avoided serious investigation of Bush administration lawlessness, and so far have retreated from using the power of contempt when the Bush officials have refused to respond to subpoenas." Could this be because some Democratic leaders in effect colluded in Bush administration crimes --knew about them but failed to report them?"
General Taguba maintains in his comments on the report "Broken Laws, Broken Lives":
"This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individuals' lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors."